As we approach the tenth NFL Sunday of 2016, only a few weeks remain to make a playoff push in our season-long leagues. On this historically significant Tuesday, America will decide our country’s 45th president. Similarly, fantasy owners must elect the best running back options to enter into their lineups this week. Make the wrong choice, however, and you might pay the price.
Here are my Top 50 RBs for Week 10 vs. FantasyPros' ECR rankings:
Fantasy Football rankings - Week 10View Available Players
|#||Player (team)||Matchup||ECR™||vs. ECR|
|1||David Johnson (ARI)||vs. SF||1||0|
|2||Le'Veon Bell (PIT)||vs. DAL||3||+1|
|3||Ezekiel Elliott (DAL)||at PIT||2||-1|
|4||Melvin Gordon (SD)||vs. MIA||4||0|
|5||Lamar Miller (HOU)||at JAC||7||+2|
|6||Jay Ajayi (MIA)||at SD||5||-1|
|7||DeMarco Murray (TEN)||vs. GB||6||-1|
|8||Devonta Freeman (ATL)||at PHI||8||0|
|9||Jordan Howard (CHI)||at TB||10||+1|
|10||Matt Forte (NYJ)||vs. LA||9||-1|
|11||Todd Gurley (LA)||at NYJ||14||+3|
|12||Jonathan Stewart (CAR)||vs. KC||11||-1|
|13||Mark Ingram (NO)||vs. DEN||16||+3|
|14||Spencer Ware (KC)||at CAR||19||+5|
|15||LeGarrette Blount (NE)||vs. SEA||15||0|
|16||Terrance West (BAL)||vs. CLE||12||-4|
|17||Devontae Booker (DEN)||at NO||13||-4|
|18||Christine Michael (SEA)||at NE||21||+3|
|19||Darren Sproles (PHI)||vs. ATL||20||+1|
|20||Isaiah Crowell (CLE)||at BAL||22||+2|
|21||Giovani Bernard (CIN)||at NYG||18||-3|
|22||Kapri Bibbs (DEN)||at NO||29||+7|
|23||Doug Martin (TB)||vs. CHI||44||+21|
|24||Jeremy Hill (CIN)||at NYG||17||-7|
|25||Chris Ivory (JAC)||vs. HOU||23||-2|
|26||Tim Hightower (NO)||vs. DEN||24||-2|
|27||Carlos Hyde (SF)||at ARI||27||0|
|28||DuJuan Harris (SF)||at ARI||37||+9|
|29||Kenneth Dixon (BAL)||vs. CLE||38||+9|
|30||Peyton Barber (TB)||vs. CHI||26||-4|
|31||Duke Johnson (CLE)||at BAL||28||-3|
|32||Robert Kelley (WAS)||vs. MIN||25||-7|
|33||Ryan Mathews (PHI)||vs. ATL||30||-3|
|34||Matt Jones (WAS)||vs. MIN||46||+12|
|35||Rashad Jennings (NYG)||vs. CIN||34||-1|
|36||Paul Perkins (NYG)||vs. CIN||32||-4|
|37||C.J. Prosise (SEA)||at NE||41||+4|
|38||Jerick McKinnon (MIN)||at WAS||36||-2|
|39||Matt Asiata (MIN)||at WAS||35||-4|
|40||Charcandrick West (KC)||at CAR||43||+3|
|41||Dion Lewis (NE)||vs. SEA||48||+7|
|42||T.J. Yeldon (JAC)||vs. HOU||31||-11|
|43||James Starks (GB)||at TEN||45||+2|
|44||Bilal Powell (NYJ)||vs. LA||39||-5|
|45||Chris Thompson (WAS)||vs. MIN||42||-3|
|46||Tevin Coleman (ATL)||at PHI||40||-6|
|47||James White (NE)||vs. SEA||33||-14|
|48||Ronnie Hillman (MIN)||at WAS||47||-1|
|49||Jeremy Langford (CHI)||at TB||50||+1|
|50||Antonio Andrews (TEN)||vs. GB||68||+18|
Notes & Analysis:
- David Johnson is up against the lowly 49ers, who just got abused by the Saints’ backfield. He should have a field day at home this Sunday against the league’s worst run defense.
- Le’Veon Bell and Ezekiel Elliott go head to head in what should be a highly competitive game at Heinz field. They’re both elite RB1s who will be leaned on heavily.
- Melvin Gordon has been on fire lately. Specifically, in the last three weeks, he’s averaging 25.9 fantasy points per game in standard leagues. Look for more impressive RB1 statistics this Sunday versus Miami.
- Lamar Miller’s sore shoulder should be close to 100% after the bye week, and now he gets a chance to tee off on Jacksonville’s subpar defense.
- Jay Ajayi just keeps on chugging, posting three impressive weeks in a row. Confidently plug the “Jay Train” in your lineups once again as he takes on a Chargers defense that has allowed 11 rushing touchdowns in nine contests.
- Jordan Howard tore up the Vikings before his recent bye week, so he’ll look to remain a borderline RB1 against Tampa’s soft run defense.
- Mark Ingram, after being benched one week earlier, proceeded to demolish San Fransisco’s defense for a tune of 16 touches for 171 yards and two TDs. Against a Broncos defense that was just exploited against the Raiders rushing attack, Ingram is a solid RB2, while Tim Hightower also finds himself in the RB3 discussion.
- LeGarrette Blount is fresh off his bye as the No. 7 RB in standard fantasy leagues. He’ll have a tough task this week against Seattle, but with Tom Brady commanding the offense, multiple goal line carries are entirely possible.
- Terrance West is the best option out of Baltimore’s backfield against the weak defensive unit of Cleveland. He’s an RB2 on TNF, but rookie Kenneth Dixon figures to touch the ball enough to be a useful flex play.
- Devontae Booker has failed to impress in his two-week debut after C.J. Anderson went down with a knee injury. Now his backup, Kapri Bibbs, will undoubtedly having a crack at earning carries this week, especially after busting loose for a 69-yard TD catch on MNF. I would still choose Booker over Bibbs, but they’re both playable, and the margin is slim.
- Doug Martin is reportedly on track to try playing in Week 10, but his injury history should have his owners preparing for plan B. If he plays, he would be a serviceable RB2 against Chicago’s surprisingly stout run D. If he sits, Peyton Barber would be the next man up, rendering him a volume-based RB3.
- Carlos Hyde is questionable to return this week as he recovers from a sprained AC joint. On the road in Arizona, Hyde would be a middling RB2 if he suits up. DuJuan Harris played well in his absence last week, and would be a solid flex choice if Hyde sits again.
- Matt Jones is practicing in full after the Redskins’ bye, but he’ll be no better of a fantasy option against the Vikings than his backfield mate Robert Kelley — lower-end RB3s.
- Rashad Jennings is losing snaps to Paul Perkins, and Christine Michael is losing snaps to C.J. Prosise. The rookies are both risky flex options in Week 10, albeit ones that are on the rise. Jennings is an uninspiring RB3, while C-Mike should have one more week of RB2 consideration before Rawls returns and makes Seattle’s backfield a potential fantasy headache.